The NCAA Division I Crusaders of Valparaiso University put its size advantage to good use as they downed the Foresters 79-58 in an exhibition game.
In the first half, HU was able to keep the Crusaders 6'5 and 6'2 posts in check, allowing just two points between them for the first 20 minutes. The Foresters also shot 54.5% from the field to keep Valpo within striking distance.
A three-pointer from Carrie Myers with 3:16 left in the half gave the Crusaders their largest lead of the half at 31-21. HU's Amy Berry then scored five consecutive points to fuel a 10-3 run. Jessah Brumbaugh's jumper with 29 seconds to go pulled HU within three at 34-31, but Betsy Rietema nailed her second trey of the half with three seconds left to give Valpo a 37-31 advantage at the break.
Early in the second half, the Foresters were still within eight at 47-39. HU had five shot attempts to cut into Valpo's lead, but couldn't connect. A long-ball from Sarah Ott pushed the Crusaders' lead to 11 at 50-39 and HU could never get it back to single digits.
Valpo's Rietema took game-high honors with 19 points. Ott and Evva Comans both chipped in 10. Amy Berry led HU (9-5) with 13 points, 11 in the first half, and Jenna Donaldson finished with 10.